Bernie King is secretary of the Club 55 league at Brunswick Normandy, a position she's held for four years.
How is the league doing?
"Great," said the Lisbon resident, a bowler for 15 years. "We have a grand time on Thursday mornings." The group has 66 members, including several in their 70s and 80s.
They have a pretty good time in tournaments, too. The season-ending Club 55 Vacation Classic tournament, a competition for seniors at every Brunswick bowling center, was May 20. Each winner receives a trophy and a bowling shirt, and the bowler who scores the most pins over average nationwide receives round-trip air fare to any destination that American Airlines flies to in the United States.
Rita Hanko was the Brunswick Normandy center champion, and Pauline Sraver took the crown at Brunswick Columbia.
Hanko lives in Clarksville with her husband, Edward, a retired electrician, and started bowling only 18 months ago.
She throws a 13-pound ball and has a 114 average. In her brief career she's fired a high game of 179. In the tournament, she rolled a fine 171 game -- 57 pins over her average.
That 57 pins-over-average was just two pins higher than Pauline Sraver's score at Brunswick Columbia.
Sraver, a Highland resident, bowls at both Columbia and Normandy, and participates in four leagues. On Tuesdays, she's at Brunswick Columbia and Brunswick Normandy, Thursday at Normandy again and back to Columbia for the Friday Mount Zion league.
"This summer I'll bowl in just two leagues, enough to stay sharp for the fall/winter season," said Sraver.
Sharp enough to continue her 147 average, and maybe to better her career-high game and set of 221 and 523, respectively.
In the Club 55 Vacation tournament, Sraver rolled a strong 202 game to finish 55 pins over her average and capture the championship. At Normandy, she was just two pins short in losing to her friend, Rita Hanko.
In other tournament news, Terry Logan and Percy Mack -- both seniors who bowl at Normandy -- competed in an Eastern Seniors Tournament Association contest last month at Brunswick Normandy. The event drew 77 senior bowlers, with Logan finishing eighth and Mack, 19th.
The senior bowlers have a summer league that bowls every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. New members are invited to join, and can
contact either bowling center for information.
* The Brunswick Summer Classic tournament will be conducted July 20 through Aug. 9 during league play. The top prize is $750 worth of open bowling. It's costs $1 to enter and is open only to summer league bowlers.
* The Ladies Professional Bowlers Tour is coming to the area, and you can bowl with them. The LPBT will be at Greenway Odenton Friday through Sunday, Aug. 7-9. The Youth/Adult Pro-Am event will be held Friday. On Saturday, the lady pros will qualify for the stepladder finals to be held the next day. Each entrant in the Pro-Am will receive a souvenir.
There is no charge for spectators, and it's a great chance to rub elbows with the lady professionals.
Information: (410) 551-7100.